High class meets high convenience as two of our favorite spots for arts and culture in downtown Phoenix join forces. This fall, FilmBar and Arizona Opera are teaming up to bring movie-goers and opera-lovers a cinematic series that really hits the high notes, by screening live recordings of some of the most notable works in opera.
The three-part series begins Friday, October 17, with a 7:30 p.m. screening of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, recorded live at the Opera de Paris. The Italian-sung opera, starring Diana Damrau, Francesco Demuro, Ludovic Tezier, Anna Pennisi, and Cornelia Oncioiu, tells a tale of love and loss in three acts.
Then on Friday, December 19, FilmBar will host a 7:30 p.m. screening of Gioachino Rossini's Cenerentola, recorded at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. This two-act opera spins its own version of a Cinderella story using the vocal talents of Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez.
The live opera series will conclude on Friday, January 16, with a 7:30 p.m screening of Gioacchino Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Opera de Paris. Starring René Barberam, Karine Deshayes, Dalibor Jenis, and Carlo Lepore, this opera buffa is a two-act tale of a clever barber who brings two lovers together.
Tickets for each live opera screening are $18. Complimentary wine will be offered in the lounge and wood-fired pizzas from Focoso Pizza Food Truck will be available outside. In addition to these screenings, Arizona Opera will still offer its own season of live opera on stage, starting with the première of the mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, at Symphony Hall.